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ISBN-10: 0822356228
ISBN-13: 9780822356226
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 02/14/2014
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H

Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy

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Forms of embodied labor, such as surrogacy and participation in clinical trials, are central to biomedical innovation, but they are rarely considered as labor. Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby take on that project, analyzing what they call “clinical labor,” and asking what such an analysis might indicate about the organization of the bioeconomy and the broader organization of labor and value today. At the same time, they reflect on the challenges that clinical labor might pose to some of the founding assumptions of classical, Marxist, and post-Fordist theories of labor.

Cooper and Waldby examine the rapidly expanding transnational labor markets surrounding assisted reproduction and experimental drug trials. As they discuss, the pharmaceutical industry demands ever greater numbers of trial subjects to meet its innovation imperatives. The assisted reproductive market grows as more and more households look to third-party providers for fertility services and sectors of the biomedical industry seek reproductive tissues rich in stem cells. Cooper and Waldby trace the historical conditions, political economy, and contemporary trajectory of clinical labor. Ultimately, they reveal clinical labor to be emblematic of labor in twenty-first-century neoliberal economies.

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"In the literature on contributors to medical knowledge, attention is most often focused on basic and applied researchers, funders, and regulators. In Clinical Labor, Cooper and Waldby focus on an essential, overlooked, and perhaps exploited population, that of research subjects. The authors are at their strongest in applying a Marxist theoretical perspective to class in medical research and the need to conceptualize participation in clinical trials as labor. . . . Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners."–M. D. Lagerwey "Choice"
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ISBN-10: 0822356228
ISBN-13: 9780822356226
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 02/14/2014
Dimensions: 9.00" L, 6.00" W, 0.70" H
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